Advanced Vocabulary 8
1. ADORN: To decorate
- She adorned the christmas tree by adding ornaments to it.
- When you adorn something you decorate it to make it look beautiful.
- Most of the people only spend their time, money and effort to adorn their bodies but not their minds.
- On diwali, everybody adorns their house with lights.
Politicians in our country plunder ancient buildings to adorn their palaces.
2. ACRID: Bitter, pungent
- What’s that acrid smell. Did someone slaughter an animal here?
- When I climbed in the bus in the morning it was so crowded and there was an acrid smell in the air.
- The acrid smell of cigarettes burned her eyes and brought tears to her eyes.
- That tea you made me have left an acrid taste in my mouth.
3. REFUTE: To dispute, argue.
- To refute a call from a referee is both futile and useless.
- I refute the claims you are making, they are false and I have proof.
- The accused refuted the charges levelled against him.
- When you refute something you don’t agree with it, you dispute it and even argue.
She always refutes any statement I make, I think she hates me.
4. STOIC: Impassive, unmoved by extremes of emotions.If you store your emotions inside of you and remain outwardly calm, you are by definition stoic.
- He is so stoic, no matter what I do. He doesn’t move.
- He became stoic when his wife died. Now, he just doesn’t care about anything.
- She turned and studied his stoic profile carefully.
- I become stoic when I don’t know how to react.
5. ABASH: To make embarrassed or ashamed
- A bashful person is easily abashed.
- She was abashed by her lack of preparation.
- When I saw how talented my competitor is, I was greatly abashed.
- There is no reason to feel abashed, we all go through it.
- I felt pity for him when I looked at his abashed face.
6. ADULATION: Praise, Respect, Admiration
Many young children look up to their parents with a certain amount of adulation.
- I made him my lifelong friend because of my adulation for him.
- People’s adulation for me is because of some great habits that I’ve developed in myself over the years.
- Gandhi is an object of adulation for many people worldwide.
- No matter what you do, you will enjoy my adulation as you are my teacher.
7. REITERATE: To repeat
Because I didn’t hear it clearly the first time, the front office clerk reiterated the rate for the night’s lodging at the hotel.
- I reiterate, “The benefits of a disciplined life outweigh the benefits of an undisciplined life.”
- Let me reiterate what you said to me when we first met.
- Don’t merely reiterate examples already given by other.
- To make a presentation effective you have to reiterate the main points in the end.
8. REMINISCE: To think over and discuss the past.
- Because many people miss the good old days, they like to reminisce about them with their friends.
- When you grow old you tend to reminisce your youthful days.
- I reminisce my time spend with my teacher, I learnt so much from him.
- Don’t reminisce the past but look towards the future.
- Now that I am successful, I reminisce the period when I worked so hard, when I struggled everyday.
9. SACRILEGIOUS: Unholy, profane
- Because the spanish viewed the religious sites of the aztecs as both pagan and sacrilegious they decided to raze them and build churches in their place.
- Many of his actions seemed sacrilegious to the people.
- Don’t say that, it’s sacrilegious.
- Sacrilegious remarks are not taken kindly by some fanatic people.
- That documentary was full of sacrilegious people who made fun of god.
10. ALLURE: Pull, attraction,
- A fishing lure is designed to have a certain allure for fishes.
- Books have a certain allure for me. I just want to read all of them.
- Our culture has an allure that attracts people from all over the world to India.
- This hotel has many great things but its main allure is its atmosphere.
- The main allure of this village for tourists is not its beauty but its history.